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Canthespam Nov 30, 2012 08:30 PM

I've had my 750 for a few months and love it. That said, I'm sure many of you Vitamix owners, 750 and various other models, have your own recipes and tips.

Some recipes are mixed in with other Vitamix long threads and are are very hard to find - actually a bit off topic on some of the threads.

If any of you have new recipes or variations of recipes in their book(s) or online, I know a lot of us would love to try them, as well as tips that you have developed or figured out over the years

Thanks in advance.

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  1. lynnlato RE: Canthespam Dec 1, 2012 07:16 AM

    I recently made an almond butter that I just love. It's not so much a recipe, but I mix equal parts roasted almonds w/ cocoa dusted roasted almonds and blend while adding a little oil to loosen things up. It's sooooo good and have the faintest cocoa flavor.

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      Canthespam RE: lynnlato Dec 1, 2012 08:15 AM

      Sounds delicious, thank you. I've made almond butter a few times and it is so hard to get it out of the container and I feel bad leaving any behind. A Vitamix rep said to make clean up easier, make a smoothie afterwards. I haven't tried it yet, but I will the next time I make it. I'll be looking for some cocoa dusted almonds.

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        eperdu RE: Canthespam Dec 2, 2012 11:43 AM

        I used to do milkshakes after making the butters. I usually did peanut butter so I'd have a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. It was planned leftovers. ;)

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          ChefJM RE: Canthespam Dec 2, 2012 09:20 PM

          I wonder if you tried to spray the pitcher with a thin coat of oil before grinding the nuts. Maybe this would help making it not so sticky to get out? Even maybe a thin layer on the spatula? Seems worth the try.

          I'll try it next week and report back.

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            enhF94 RE: ChefJM Jun 29, 2013 05:44 PM

            bump - how'd it work out?

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        rasputina RE: Canthespam Dec 1, 2012 09:10 AM

        Frozen strawberries, simple syrup and a little milk. Use the tamper and make a frozen dessert so thick you can scoop it.

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          Canthespam RE: rasputina Dec 1, 2012 09:24 AM

          Our favorite is frozen banana slices, frozen peaches and a little bit of sweetner... 5-10 ten minutes in individual serving bowls, in the freezer.

        2. annfaulkner RE: Canthespam Dec 1, 2012 12:36 PM

          I ordered a manual/cookbook from the company years ago, forgot the price. I've given away tons of copies over the last 15 years....ITs from an older machine, but still works great on breat, smoothies, everything.

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            Canthespam RE: annfaulkner Dec 1, 2012 12:55 PM

            It's not by chance the book of demonstrators' recipes? I forget the name, but it is about $15 on Ebay and a website in Texas.

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              annfaulkner RE: Canthespam Dec 1, 2012 03:14 PM

              Nope. Vitamix 3600 and 4000 whole food cookbook. 78 pages.
              Like this-http://www.ebay.com/itm/VITA-MIX-3600...

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                Canthespam RE: annfaulkner Dec 1, 2012 03:30 PM

                Thanks Ann.

          2. AnnieWilliams RE: Canthespam Dec 1, 2012 05:02 PM

            We just got one at Costco-I can't remember what the model number is. We have tried several recipes from the book that came with it and I didn't like them at all. The potato soup was good, but it was so whipped and full of air (we let it get hot from the motor). I am also looking for good recipes.

            Oh yeah, our Vitamix DID NOT like peanut butter. It totally shut itself off when we tried that.

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              Canthespam RE: AnnieWilliams Dec 1, 2012 06:03 PM

              Sorry you haven't had much success, I've had pretty good luck ..so far. My husband loved the potato soup the first recipe that I made. Have you tried frozen fruit ice cream/sorbet? They are really good. Try the peach and banana one that I mentioned above.

              Smoothies are really really great and I totally agree with blinknoodle.

              I am going to try the black bean soup recipe given on their site.

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                HLdan RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 08:49 AM

                Hi Canthespam, found your new thread. I cannot stress enough how awesome that black bean soup is if you haven't tried it as of yet. The recipe on VM's website is tailored for the 5200 in regards to the settings. Just use the soup setting on the 750 and let it run it's full course. Also I would recommend adding more salt to taste as the recipe calls for low sodium broth and the amount of salt they recommend to add isn't much. The flavors of the lime and jalapeño come together very nicely. Not sure why it's not called "Mexican Black Bean Soup" because that's what it really is in terms of the ingredients. Gonna try that potato soup for sure.

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                lynnlato RE: AnnieWilliams Dec 2, 2012 09:47 AM

                You've got to add a little oil to the nut butters otherwise they lock up.

                I didn't like the cream of asparagus soup in the cookbook or the guacamole. Guacamole just shouldnt be pulverized.

                I too would like to find other things to use it for - besides just smoothies and nut butters. I bought one of the milk bags to make almond milk but I haven't tried it yet. Has anyone else made almond milk?

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                  rasputina RE: AnnieWilliams Dec 2, 2012 11:45 AM

                  Shutting off when making peanut butter, I'd say use the tamper more and adjust the speed. You should not need to use additional oils but you need to work the speed and keep it moving until the natural oils release.

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                    AnnieWilliams RE: rasputina Dec 2, 2012 03:24 PM

                    Oh, we were using the tamper. I think the issue is that my husband put a glob of Nutella in there (it's his lifeblood) and that's what caused it to seize and clump.

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                  blinknoodle RE: Canthespam Dec 1, 2012 05:32 PM

                  I don't have specific recipes to recommend, but all my sauces and dressings go in the vitamix now... they become uber creamy. I try not to make things like hummus in there because I don't want to waste anything that I can't get out! I love the idea of making a smoothie in it afterwards, though, to get everything out of there. Smoothies are another no-brainer in the vitamix.

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                    Canthespam RE: blinknoodle Dec 1, 2012 06:05 PM

                    Anne, if you are having problems, motor shutting off or any and all questions about it, don't hesitate to call their Customer Service. They are knowledgeable and helpful. Ask them about recipe suggestions too - they all own and use Vitamix. I don't think that I have ever been more impressed by any company's reps...

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                      AnnieWilliams RE: Canthespam Dec 2, 2012 05:44 AM

                      Thanks for the info! I have heard their customer service is stellar. We love our Vitamix. We make smoothies several times a day in that thing! I do a lot with baking and cakes and I am trying to figure out what else I can do with it. My husband told me I should make pie dough in it, but I said no because it would become close to bread dough in a blink of an eye!

                      I would LOVE to try a sorbet, but my husband keeps stealing all the fruit for smoothies! I might have to hide some and try it when he's not around.

                      We usually clean it by filling it with soap and hot water, then running it on high for a minute or two. Works like a charm.

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                    Rlocker RE: Canthespam Dec 2, 2012 10:52 AM

                    Frozen strawberries, a bit of heavy cream, and some vanilla..makes a fantastic ice cream. You can add sugar if you like n

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                      AnnieWilliams RE: Rlocker Dec 2, 2012 03:23 PM

                      Awesome! I always have those ingredients on hand.

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                        Canthespam RE: AnnieWilliams Dec 2, 2012 03:50 PM

                        I taped the QVC Vitamix program that was on at 3:00AM last night. I just watched it and learned a few things ... recipes etc.. I don't know when they will be showing it again, but you can call 800-345-1515 (or whatever number you see on the screen) and follow the instructions to speak to a live rep.

                        If I didn't already have one, I would probably have ordered it.... but it was nice not being tempted :-)

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                          ChefJM RE: Canthespam Dec 2, 2012 09:07 PM

                          I'm happy to say I'm a proud new owner of the vitamix 750 as of yesterday.

                          This baby is AMAZING!

                          I'm going to be experimenting with the 750 at home the next couple of months. I'll come up with some good recipes of my own and be sure to share them. Maybe even make some youtube instructional videos on them since there is a lack of 750 videos.

                          Either way I'll be sure to share my recipes/tips with you guys along the way as I hope you guys will too.

                          -Chef

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                            HLdan RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 09:14 AM

                            Oh my gosh Canthespam, you DO have the VM bug as bad as I do. I too taped the QVC Vitamix 7500 segment that aired this past Sunday. In fact I taped two segments that day just to watch the VM in action and to get some blending ideas. Not deleting them from the DVR anytime soon. Haha. Although I wouldn't trade my 750 for the 7500 I will say that QVC offered an amazing TSV deal along with easy pay especially since nobody but Vitamix is selling the 7500 and they had so many colors available. They sold out BTW and they said this model and deal would not be back for the xmas holiday so chances are that they will not be airing it again until the coming year.

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                              Canthespam RE: HLdan Dec 5, 2012 11:33 AM

                              I'd iike to get as much info as I can on any product that I own and use. Hopefully this thread will add to my knowledge and we can share recipes., and not just tout the virtues of Vitamix, as of course we all know how great it is. I know it is difficult to stay on topic and I hope that we can.

                              I am probably going to be making their sweet potato soup this week.

                              The Vitamix recipe calls for water ... I am thinking about using chicken or vegetable stock instead ... has anyone made it?

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                                HLdan RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 12:13 PM

                                I haven't personally made it but minor change-ups always happen in cooking. For example I created chicken broth using the Vitamix, 3 cups of hot water and chicken bouillon cube for the Black Bean soup. The recipe called for low sodium vegetable stock. I don't think using stock in place of water for the sweet potato soup would hurt at all but I would recommend to use low sodium stock so the flavor doesn't change too much or if you're going to use the bouillon cube idea just make sure the right amount of water is used so it doesn't come out too salty. Keep us updated.

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                                  Canthespam RE: HLdan Dec 5, 2012 12:56 PM

                                  I always used low sodium products if available. I really don't like using bouillon cubes, veggie, beef or chicken. Nothing but salt. With the good things in the soup, I can't imagine that the cube would add anything to it, if I season it properly. We'll see, I am still thinking about.

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                                    HLdan RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 12:57 PM

                                    Oh sorry if I wasn't clear. I don't add the bouillon cube to the soup mixture, I create the broth with it and it doesn't come out salty. The black bean soup calls for 3 cups of vegetable broth. I put 3 cups of hot water in the vitamix and add the bouillon cube and blend to a broth for 15 seconds or so. It creates a low sodium broth because of the amount of water. Then I add the rest of the ingredients. Now, just to be clear, I'm no culinary genius and I like to save money (since buying low-sodium broth constantly can be expensive) so that's why I use bouillon cubes to create broth. If you have any low-cost ideas for creating broth I'm very open to it.

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                                ChefJM RE: HLdan Dec 5, 2012 07:45 PM

                                I'm very interested in watch a QVC segment on the vitamix. How do you do when they show? Is there a way to find out so I could watch it or record it.

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                                  Canthespam RE: ChefJM Dec 5, 2012 09:03 PM

                                  I found it by accident. I never watch QVC. You can probably call them - get an 800 number off of the screen and ask for the repeat dates.

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                                    HLdan RE: ChefJM Dec 5, 2012 10:43 PM

                                    Your in luck ChefJM. I watch QVC on Sunday morning religiously before my football games start, but mostly for the entertainment value, I haven't bought anything from them in several years. You can go on QVC.com and type in "Vitamix" in the site search window. You'll see the Vitamix 7500 for $529. This is the model that aired last Sunday. Click the "VIDEO" button and the segment will play showing the Vitamix 7500 in action. Even though the sale is over it's still a better deal on QVC then on Vitamix's own website.

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                                      ChefJM RE: HLdan Dec 6, 2012 05:33 PM

                                      DanTheMan should be your name. Lol. But for real, thank you kind sir! I'm going to hook it up to my tv and watch it. How long is it? I've been loving my new 750 and don't regret the price on bit. Making delicious green smoothies every morning. Going to try some dips and soups this Sunday. I'll start making records of my recipes for smoothies, dips and what not next week once I experiment with it more. Work is very busy lately!!! Thanks for the reply.

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                            MacGuffin RE: Canthespam Dec 3, 2012 08:53 AM

                            Why not just join one or both of the Vitamix Yahoo groups? They both have extensive archives that can be perused at one's leisure and you run very little risk of running OT since recipes are a big focus of both lists. In addition, you can find the answers to situations such as why one's Vitamix turns itself off while making peanut butter and how to rid recipes of air once they're blended. One of the list owners also has her own site that contains helpful tips, as well as solutions to the aforementioned problems, under FAQ: http://blenderlady.com/ (and no, she's not me, nor have I any commercial affiliation with her). And I can't stress this enough--get really familiar with your manual/DVD and if you have any problems, take advantage of the warranty that's padded into the cost of your blender and place a toll-free call to Vitamix. It's the fastest and best way to determine if something's really wrong and I guarantee you their reps are better equipped to answer questions than anyone on a social networking site.

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                              Canthespam RE: MacGuffin Dec 3, 2012 11:45 AM

                              I was so enjoying the breath of fresh air here ... nice people, nice posts. This was not intended to be a technical thread, just a light fun way to share our Vitamix(s). Wouldn't it be nice if it could stay that way ... not like the other looooong Vitamix thread that sometimes turns nasty.

                            2. Antilope RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 12:56 PM

                              Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino

                              Here's a delicious, rich, chocolate mocha Frappuccino you can make at home in about a minute.
                              The calories are about 120 for 12 oz.

                              I think this tastes better than the one from Starbucks, and it doesn't cost $ 4.00 for 12 oz.

                              1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
                              1/2 cup Coffee Mate French Vanilla Creamer - sugar free (liquid creamer)
                              1/3 cup powdered non-dairy coffee creamer
                              2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
                              2 Tbsp instant coffee crystals
                              1 (3.25 oz) Jello Vanilla Pudding Snack Pack (prepared pudding cup) - sugar free
                              2 cups ice cubes

                              Add ingredients to blender in order given.
                              Blend on HIGH for 45-seconds or until smooth.

                              Makes about 4 cups. 48 oz.

                              1. Antilope RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 12:57 PM

                                Kicked Up Hummus Dip

                                Here's someting that I make frequently in the summer, good hot weather food.
                                This recipe has a few more ingreidents than the average
                                Hummus, but I think it tastes so much better!

                                1 (15oz) can Chick Peas, drained - rinsed (save 2 Tbs chick pea juice)
                                2 Tbs chick pea juice
                                4 Tbs lemon juice (fresh or bottled OK)
                                2 Tbs lime juice (fresh or bottled OK)
                                2 Tbs olive oil
                                2 Tbs Tahini paste (If you don't have it, it's ok to leave it out, this hummus recipe has a lot of flavor without it.)
                                2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp crushed garlic from jar)
                                1 tsp granulated garlic powder
                                1 tsp toasted sesame oil
                                1/2 tsp ground cumin
                                1/2 tsp ground corriander
                                dash cayenne pepper
                                2 dashes ground black pepper
                                salt to taste

                                Place in blender. Blend until smooth.
                                Serve with crackers, pita bread, pita chips, tortilla chips, etc.

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                                  Canthespam RE: Antilope Dec 5, 2012 01:22 PM

                                  Sounds like a great recipe - I haven' made hummus yet, looking for the 'right' recipe and this may be it.

                                  If I don't have any tahini paste, can I substitute roasted sesame seeds? I always have them and sprinkle them over a lot of things.

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                                    Antilope RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 01:38 PM

                                    I don't usually add tahini. When I do, I don't taste much difference. The sesame seeds would probably add a fresher flavor than tahini.

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                                      HLdan RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 03:11 PM

                                      I use Sesame seeds in place of Tahini since that's all Tahini is, is milled Sesame seeds. Tahini can be expensive.

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                                        Antilope RE: HLdan Dec 5, 2012 03:21 PM

                                        If you notice, I add toasted sesame oil to this hummus, which adds a lot more sesame flavor.

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                                          HLdan RE: Antilope Dec 5, 2012 03:26 PM

                                          Yes I did notice that. I meant to ask if that was enough flavor to avoid using Tahini or sesame seeds?

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                                            Antilope RE: HLdan Dec 5, 2012 03:59 PM

                                            I you have the ingredients you can use them. I usually don't add tahini or sesame seeds.

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                                      Canthespam RE: Antilope Dec 5, 2012 01:41 PM

                                      Approximately how many does it serve? I'm thinking of taking it to a party. Thanks

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                                        Antilope RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 01:45 PM

                                        The recipe makes about 2 cups, I don't know how many that would serve.

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                                          Canthespam RE: Antilope Dec 5, 2012 02:03 PM

                                          Thanks.

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                                            Antilope RE: Canthespam Dec 5, 2012 02:10 PM

                                            I would guess people might eat 1/4 to 1/3 cup each. This would then serve 6 to 8 people.

                                    3. Antilope RE: Canthespam Jun 30, 2013 12:53 AM

                                      Dutch Crunch Bread - aka Tiger Bread

                                      This recipe uses your favorite white bread dough and a rice flour paste to create Dutch Crunch Bread (also known as Tiger Bread or Alligator Bread). This tastes and looks exactly what you get from a bakery.

                                      Prepare your favorite white bread dough, allow it to rise once and form it into a loaf or two. Make any shape of loaf you desire, or you can make a dozen bread rolls.

                                      This makes enough Dutch Crunch topping to coat 2 (1 1/2 lb) loaves or about 1 dozen bread rolls.

                                      You use rice flour to make a paste that coats partially risen bread dough. When the dough finishes rising you bake it. The coating cracks and browns making Dutch Crunch Bread.

                                      You can buy rice flour, but I ground my own rice flour using a Vitamix blender with a regular wet type blade and container. Make sure the blender container is completely dry. It takes about 30 seconds at high speed. Grind until the flour is completely smooth with no lumps. I used 1 cup of uncooked white rice to make the 1 cup of rice flour. Don't use Minute Rice.

                                      Dutch Crunch Bread Topping

                                      Rice flour - 1 cup**

                                      Active Dry, Instant, or Bread Machine Yeast - 1 Tbsp (mostly for flavor)

                                      White Granulated Sugar - 2 1/2 Tbsp

                                      Table Salt - 1 1/2 tsp

                                      Cooking or Salad Oil - 2 1/2 Tbsp

                                      Water (70°F) - 3/4 cup (for homemade rice flour, use only about 1/2 cup of water.)**

                                      -Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until the mixture is smooth and creamy. It should be the consistency of a real thick gravy, almost like sour cream. It should stick to the partly risen dough and run very little.

                                      -Set mixed Dutch crunch topping aside for 15 to 20 minutes before applying to dough.

                                      -Allow the formed loaf of dough to rise about 30 minutes.

                                      -Spread an even coat of Dutch crunch topping on the shaped dough. For me, a spoon seems to work best for adding and spreading the Dutch crunch topping. It's better to put a real thick coating on the dough than a thin one. A thick coat will form better cracked patterns. Careful not to deflate the dough while adding the topping.

                                      -Allow the dough to rise another 30 minutes.

                                      -Bake in at preheated 375°F oven until the topping is mottled and medium browned color.

                                      ** Home ground rice flour requires less water. See above water amounts.

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                                        Canthespam RE: Antilope Jun 30, 2013 08:07 AM

                                        Sounds goooood. Next time I make bread I'll try your recipe. Thanks.

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